Friday, November 15, 2013

Your starting line-up...

I kinda wonder if Scotland will be priming for revenge after the way we've treated them the last couple times out. It will be very interesting to see if A) Inspector Kljouseau will solve the case as a #10, B) if Jones and Bradley can seamlessly work out the roles, C) if Cameron's last showing in central defense was a peak or a preview 7 D) if the midfielders, erm wingbacks can get back to truly impressing in those spots (as opposed to simply impressing in a relative sense because they are not historically corner defenders).

I would also assume Altidore is ready to DE-STROY if he can enjoy a lovely evening of actual attacking for a change. I'm calling it now that the Nats score at least three... how many they might leak is up for debate.








- Greg Seltzer

13 comments:

Unknown said...

3-2USA. it's not a European friendly unless we give up the first goal.

Jolazo said...

Aron Johannsson needs to start. Doesn't matter where. He needs to start.

jon said...

Hmm, maybe it's time for US Soccer to update their Sacha image.

dikranovich said...

I'm not sure anyone could watch this game and think anybody but Michael Bradley is going to be named primera footballer of the year.

It would go against what we are trying to accomplish as a country otherwise.

In fact, I'm pretty sure coach klinsmann told junior that once he starts starting for Roma again, he will name him US captain

WonderKin said...

Not that he was perfect, but Geoff Cameron looked significantly better than Gonzalez.

On a day where at least 6 of the 11 played pretty poorly Brad Evans looked even worse. Terrible give aways, repeatedly getting caught out of position AND lacking the pace to recover. It was very hard to watch any time he was involved. He has had some good games, but this was just awful.

Johanson was fun to watch.

John said...

@WonderKin: I don't think Cameron played significantly better than Gonzalez. Geoff made a couple of tackles that he really shouldn't have, he looks a bit like a DM playing CB. Hopefully Brooks gets the start in Austria.

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WonderKin said...

DEFENSIVELY I think BOTH CBs got pulled out of position, and yeah in Cameron's case it can't be ignored that he his playing out of position. I won't argue against that. Gonzalez did a little of the same though, and he is running out of excuses. This is why some people push for Goodson, because he rarely makes those kinds of mental errors, even though he is slow as molasses.

But when Cameron had the ball at his feet it was night and day. Gonzalez would take 3-4 touches and look very tentative on the ball, and pass back or laterally.

Yeah Cameron looks like a DM... but if he ever got any games at CB with his club it might be a different story. He looked horribly out of place at FB with Stoke last year and now seems to have settled in a bit. The guy is a great soccer player though and his talents are being wasted.

WonderKin said...

I just realized the picture from ESPN shows a 4-2-3-1... does anybody else think that was a 4-4-2 from start to finish. I thought Eddie Johnson came back to the ball in the midfield several times, but Altidore did the same. Didn't see Johnson as a wide player as much as central forward paired with Jozy.

WonderKin said...

Just saw your ratings on MLS Greg... you really think Brad Evans played better than Aaron Johannson?

Greg Seltzer said...

Whoa... actually, I'm not sure how I goofed, but I intended to give AJ a 6.5. I'll have the editor fix that ASAP.

Also bear in mind that Evans played nearly an hour longer.

WonderKin said...

The game was sloppy and hard to analyze. With many substitutions. I'll give you that.

dikranovich said...

i think USA accomplished a lot of what they wanted. t howard and co did keep a clean sheet, and it was the USA that was dictating tempo at the end of the game, and very nearly capitalizing on their initiative.

this game was essentially the second leg of a home and home affair, and USA won the first leg 5-1.

ej is not the answer on the wing, at least not for a full 90 and sacha, similarly, does look to be more likely a sub at 2014, if that.

you add besler to this defense, and it raises the level of the defense by a pretty good margin. the most solid options at each position will just have to step forward.

this team is close, our nation is close. we are developing a style, and if we can find a little more guile in the final third, this team can be very dangerous.